Panther Press

January 2015

A Note from the Principal

Welcome back and Happy New Year! We ended the 2014 year with our wonderful holiday sing along, holiday parties, and other classroom activities that brought many smiles to our student's faces.


We want to thank all the parents who made the past month extra special by helping with the Tinsel Town event, contributing to our Stocking Stuffer Gift Giving, and helping with all the holiday activities.


Our Winter Concert was fabulous with a performance from our fourth and fifth grade students in band, chorus, and orchestra. The quality music program that Mr. Drago, Mrs. Gray, and Mrs. Werner provide is top rated! This was clearly apparent by the outstanding evening performance for our Seylar families last month.


I hope we all have had an opportunity to reflect on the past year and begin to make new goals for 2015. I always look forward to hearing about the students’ New Year resolutions. In closing, I wish everyone continued happiness and joy in the coming new year.


Cheers!

Miles Roe

2014 Winter Concert

Classroom Blogging: Connecting Reading, Technology, Collaboration, and Mentoring

Classroom blogging is a practice in which students are able to publish their writing pieces or reading responses safely under the supervision of their teacher's Kid Blog account. This tool is kid-friendly so they can spend the majority of their time focused. More importantly, students are motivated since they are drafting pieces/responses to their peers.


Before winter break, I had the opportunity to observe a lesson in which Mr. Ehrmann's 5th graders mentor Mr. Sukaly's 4th grade students on how to use Kid Blogging (KidBlog.com). Below are some pictures of this lesson and few highlights of what I observed.



  • High Quality of Writing
  • Technology Use
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Motivated students
  • Mentoring
  • and most importantly...students smiling and having FUN!
Holiday Sing 2014

Digital Comment Box - NEW!

Every highly functioning organization seeks input and suggestions from its customers. This allows them to serve their clients more effectively. With that being said, we have created a Digital Comment Box for you to provide this feedback (positive or constructive) anytime during the school year. The Digital Comment Box can be found on our Web Page on the left-hand side under the section Quick Link. It can also be found in the For Parents tab.

Seylar Supporting Families and Community in Our County

During the month of December, our students and staff were busy providing service and support for our community. Listed are some highlights.


  • The Seylar Staff raised $170 for March of Dimes during a Casual for a Cause day

  • Seylar Gift Giving Tree - Over $4000 in gifts and gift cards

  • Over 8 classrooms wrote to soldiers serving over-seas during the holiday

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A Message from Mrs. Kunakorn

Realistic Resolutions: Invite your kids to brainstorm some New Year’s family resolutions.


Try these tips:

  1. Set Goals Together. While your child can resolve to keep their room neater on their own, it is important to make resolutions that apply to everyone.
  2. Look Back At The Past Year. Identify areas you’d like to see improvement.
  3. Pick A Theme. Write down three areas that fit and consider these.
  4. Hold A Family Meeting. For 15 minutes each week meet to discuss how things are going with your resolutions…and anything else.
  5. Be A Good Role Model. You can’t resolve to eat healthier and then let your kids catch you regularly with your hand in the cookie jar.


If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Kunakorn (Guidance Counselor) at 215-257-6272 ext. 1006 or mkunakor@pennridge.org

Quiet Riot is Coming to Seylar!

No, we are not having the"Come on Feel the Noise" 80's rock band perform at Seylar this month, but David and Bill Mettler of Quiet Riot will provide our students with an entertaining one-hour performance of storytelling, comedy, mime, audience participation, music and sound effects. More importantly, their message of positive feelings, good health, friends, interests, imagination, and "I can" thinking supports our new PROUD Program.


Thank you Home and School for funding this assembly!

Donating for the Holidays by Shane Velez (guest student author)

At Seylar, Mr. Sukaly’s class is donating clothes and books to the homeless or nearly homeless children for Christmas. His class is also donating food to the homeless and poor people in our area. The two programs that we are donating through are Cradles to Crayons and Pennridge Fish. Mr. Sukaly believes that giving is better than receiving on any occasion. Another thing that Mr. Sukaly said is “I think both projects are tremendous.” The final thing that Mr. Sukaly said is “It’s very important for people to see the value in helping others.” Both of these projects accomplish those goals. Mr. Sukaly’s class has filled two boxes of coats, gloves, pants, hats and socks for Cradles to Crayons and one and a half boxes of food for Pennridge Fish. Carlee in Mr. Sukaly’s class thinks both are a good idea because the programs give stuff we don't need to the people that need it.
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Lost and Found

If your child is missing their coat, hat, gloves, etc., please have them look at our "lost and found rack" located by the cafeteria doors.

5th Grade Technology Club

Seylar is happy to announce the initiation of a new extra-curricular activity, the Seylar Technology Club.


The purpose of this technology club will be to provide 5th grade students with opportunities to explore more advanced technology that is not utilized in the classroom. We hope that it will provide a sense of challenge, accomplishment, and gratification. The exact projects and tasks the technology club will attack are not yet fully developed, however, some may include:

  • Photographing and filming student assemblies
  • Supporting technology applications for assemblies
  • Creating movies and presentations to be displayed on the school televisions
  • Creating informational presentations for school televisions

The technology club will meet exclusively outside school hours. The club will meet on Tuesday mornings at 8:00 AM. The first meeting will be announced when members are accepted.


This is exclusively available to fifth grade students.

  • The number of members must be limited; therefore, not all students may be accepted.
  • In addition to completing the application, students must maintain satisfactory grades in all school subjects.
  • If a student’s grades are below a C at any point, or he/she is missing 3 or more homework assignments, he/she may be temporarily placed on probation.


Application are being sent home on 1.7.15. Please complete the reverse side of the letter with signed permission. Applications are due by Wednesday, January 14th to Mr. Ehrmann.

Dress for Winter Weather

Now that winter is upon us, please take time to prepare your children with the appropriate clothing for adverse weather conditions. Always prepare for outdoor recess and for standing outside waiting for the bus. Here are some tips for dressing warmly:


  • Dress in layers, with the innermost layer being a light weave fabric that can "breathe" allowing moisture to escape.
  • The middle layer should be wool or other material that can add warmth and provide insulation.
  • Wear an outer layer that protects from rain, snow, and wind.
  • Keep hands and feet warm with mittens or gloves and heavy shoes or boots.
  • Wear a hat! Body heat is lost (up to 50%!) in cold weather if no hat is worn.

Your children are outside at recess approximately 30 minutes each day. Getting fresh air, especially during the winter months, is important. When your children get dressed in the morning, keep in mind that they are not inside a warm building all day!

Flyer Distribution - New Procedure Coming Soon

Beginning on February 1, 2015, all flyers from outside organizations that are approved for distribution will be posted on the appropriate school’s website. The Pennridge School District has been working to reduce paper costs and copying costs, and is excited that this new delivery system will help toward that goal. Any parent/guardian that is interested can download a copy.

5th Grade Girls/Boys Basketball After School Program

Our annual basketball program will be coming soon (Feb-March) for all boys and girls in fifth grade. All games will be played on Thursdays after school. Games will begin at 4:00pm and conclude at 5:00pm. Further information will be forthcoming. Thank you Mr. Sukaly and Mr. Shaw.

iRun4Life Program Coming to Seylar!

We are so excited to announce that the iRun4Life program is coming to Seylar this Spring!

iRun4Life is a fun, non-competitive running program designed to promote fitness and healthy lifestyles with our children. The program focuses on exercise, healthy nutrition, and doing Good Deeds in our community. Training will start March 26th from 3:45-4:45 and run through May 14th. Our goal race is the iRun4Life kids only 3K held on May 17th in Doylestown. We will combine dynamic warm ups, relay races, endurance running, and discussions about healthy nutrition. Please contact Amy Hejnar or Shannon Lelli with any questions or if you are interested in becoming a coach for this great program.

From the Nurse's Office

A New Year can mean New Healthy Habits...



  • January is a good time to embark on a healthy lifestyle after the overindulging that occurs during the holidays.

  • Make a move from refined grains to whole grains and add more fruits and vegetables to your child’s meals.

  • Encourage your child to move- maybe try some outdoor activities like sledding, ice skating, or skiing.

  • Get your child involved in some kind of fitness routine, something that he/she can do and enjoys. It could be martial arts, dancing, walking, swimming, or team sports.

  • Consider doing something together as a family and your child’s chances for success will be even greater. You will all be getting healthy while having fun together.

From our Reading Specialist - Mrs. Babb

Dear Parents,

As you read with your students and do homework, here is a helpful writing strategy we have been learning at Seylar to organize our writing and prepare us for the more rigorous Pennsylvania Common Core standards and state assessments. It is called the RACER strategy and helps students organize their writing in an effective way to answer a question or prompt.


Students have learned how to:

R - restate the question in order to give a more complete answer.

A- answer the question by looking back in the text

C- cite evidence to support their answer, using many details to

E - expand their writing with many details and examples.

R - restate their question to wrap up their answer.


Ask your students to WOW you with the RACER strategy!!

Electronic Device Reminder

With the holiday gift giving season underway, many students will be receiving wonderful electronic gadgets. We ask all parents to remind their child(ren) NOT to bring them into school per PSD Elementary Student Handbook page 7. Please see the link below to access the handbook.

School Closings Due to Inclement Weather

It is that time of year to provide information in the event of a school closing. Also included is the modified kindergarten schedule should a late opening be announced.

Please know that any decision to close school is made by the Superintendent and not by the individual schools. The decision to close early will only be made when faced with extreme weather conditions. Should school be dismissed early, your child will be sent home per directions listed on the Student Emergency Plan form that was completed in September.


WHEN THE DECISION TO CLOSE OR DELAY THE OPENING OF SCHOOL IS MADE, there are multiples ways you can be informed:


  1. School Closing Number 757: KYW News Radio 1060 and others (Refer to district calendar for a complete list of radio and television stations that will announce our school closings.)
  2. Pennridge Web Site: http://www.pennridge.org click on “Cancellations”
  3. You will receive a message from Blackboard Alert Message.


START TIMES FOR ONE & TWO HOUR DELAYS & MODIFIED KDG SCHEDULE:


  • One hour delay – Grades 1-5: Students report to school beginning at 9:30 AM. The school day starts at 9:50 AM.
  • Two hour delay – Grades 1-5: Students report to school beginning at 10:30 AM. The school day starts at 10:50 AM.
  • Modified Kindergarten Schedule - One hour delay: A.M. 10:00 – 11:40 P.M. 12:40 – 3:20. Two hour delay: A.M. 11:00 – 12:40 P.M. 1:40 – 3:20



EARLY CLOSINGS WHEN SCHOOL IS IN SESSION:

A decision to close early is made by the Superintendent of Schools and will be made by 10:30 A.M. Elementary students will be dismissed at 1:00 P.M. You will be notified by the Blackboard Message system. Any changes with work or home numbers should be made via the Parent Portal for Power School. Should school be dismissed early, your child will be sent home per directions listed on the Student Emergency Plan form that was completed in September.


Please avoid calling the school office unless it is absolutely necessary. Car rider pick up will take place in the usual area (outside the Gym Doors, Orange Doors).

Seylar Home and School Message:

Thank you!

A great big thank you to all who contributed to the success of Tinsel Town. We had a record turnout and the children really enjoyed the night. A special thank you to those who helped organize the event, Jennifer Eirikis, Vicki Clemens, Dawn Cox, Jen Crocus, Karen Gagliardi, Tina Kennedy, Susan Shwak, Kate Hoath and Christa Aller. A very special thank you to Mr. Roe, Mrs. Hulshizer and Mrs. Cush for graciously assisting the Home and School Board with the planning of this event.


Penny Wars is Coming Back to Seylar!

Starting next week, all grade levels will compete against each other in a Penny War. The grade level that accumulates the most pennies at the end of the month wins.

Bring in your pennies and nickels to earn money for our new playground equipment!! Pennies add a point for your grade, nickels subtract 5 points for other grades. (No other coins will be counted). Prize for winning grade level will be announced at the end of January.


Movie Night:

This month students will be voting on a movie for our Family Fun Night in February. Additional details will be forthcoming.

Seylar Home and School Meeting

Monday, Jan. 12th, 7pm

820 Callowhill Rd

Perkasie, PA

December's Silver Spoon Award Winner

Congratulations to Mrs. Escudero's classroom for winning December's Silver Spoon Award. Pictures will be included in February's Panther Press.

November Silver Spoon Winner - Mr. Sukaly's 4th Graders!

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PARENT RESOURCES

From our Reading Specialist, Mrs. Babb

CLICK HERE to access February's Reading Connections Newsletter

NAESP: Report to Parents

CLICK HERE to access article on helping your child set goals to succeed in the future!

Great Reading Title for Primary Students

CLICK HERE to access a list of great reading books that are leveled according to reading difficulty.

Seylar Spirit Wear Order - NEW WINTER ORDER FORM BELOW